Squirrel Boy

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Squirrel Boy
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Genre Sitcom
Comedy
Created by Everett Peck
Written by Christopher Painter
Joe Purdy
Mark Banker
Howard Marguiles
Scott Malchus
Adam Cohen
Gene Grillo
Directed by Raymie Muzquiz (also supervising director)
Starring Richard Steven Horvitz
Pamela Adlon
Kurtwood Smith
Nancy Sullivan
Billy West
Carlos Alazraqui
Tom Kenny
Composer(s) Brad Benedict
Mark Fontana
Erik Godal
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Everett Peck
Producer(s) Pernelle Hayes
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Cartoon Network Studios
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original run May 27, 2006 (2006-05-27)  – September 27, 2007 (2007-09-27)

Squirrel Boy is an American animated television series produced by Cartoon Network Studios.[1] The series, created and executive-produced by Everett Peck, who also the creator of the more adult-humored Duckman,[2] ran from May 27, 2006 until September 27, 2007 on Cartoon Network, with a total of 52 eleven-minute episodes. The series was shown in reruns until July 2008. The series temporarily returned to Cartoon Network's schedule in February 2009 and shortly left and has not been seen ever since then. It also aired on Cartoon Network Australia in Australia and Teletoon in Canada and also in some parts of Africa.

Plot[edit]

Squirrel Boy focuses on the life of an odd boy named Andy Johnson (named after the former United States President, Andrew Johnson) who lives with his pet squirrel, Rodney, who is often full of ideas (some of them used to make money). Rodney is disliked by Andy's father, but the two sometimes work together when they need to. Many of the animal characters in the series are anthropomorphic (except for "Crazy Dog", a neighboring pet dog who constantly barks for no reason, and despite the fact that Crazy Dog isn't anthropomorphic, his identical twin brother is). Andy and Rodney are enemies with a boy named Kyle and his anthropomorphic parrot, Salty Mike, who constantly pick on Andy and Rodney and act as bullies towards them, and are also cynical to other characters in the show. Other squirrel characters in the show include Leon, a stray blue squirrel who lives in a tree in Andy's yard, and Darlene, a stray squirrel and Rodney's love interest. The series most likely takes place in the summertime, seeing as none of the child characters in the show attend school and don't appear to be homeschooled, even the games on CartoonNetwork and the press release indicate the season a lot.

Characters[edit]

Rodney Jared Squirrel (left) and Andy Johnson (right)
  • Andrew "Andy" Johnson is a 10-year old boy who owns friend and pet squirrel, Rodney J. Squirrel. Andy usually follows what Rodney thinks is, "a good idea," which usually gets Andy into trouble. At times, though, Andy will be the mastermind of these foolish plans. Sometimes they get into arguments, but they always work it out. They also have their own secret language. Mr. Bob Johnson and Mrs. Lucille Johnson are his parents. Kyle Finkster is Andy's nemesis. Oscar is his human friend, who is protected by his parents from getting dirty or hurt. Andy loves to collect combs and is a Badger Scout. He is on a Little League team called The Fighting Worms, which is coached by Mr. J. (later by Rodney). He is allergic to cashews. In more than one episode, he is shown to have obsessive-compulsive disorder, stating he is "making a new ritual," or "just touching all the light switches in the house before going to bed." His neighbor, Martha, has shown some signs that she has a crush on him in the episodes she appears in: "Outta Sight," "Birthday Boy," and "Trouble Date." "Outta Sight" shows some signs of her affection, but she shows it toward him in the episode "Trouble Date." He seems quite interested in many things, and has a good special sauce. He was named after the former U.S. President Andrew Johnson. His grandma has been said to have given his family a few things before she mysteriously vanished.[citation needed]
    Voiced by Pamela Adlon.
  • Rodney Jared Squirrel is an anthropomorphic American red squirrel and protagonist. His "childish" antics add humor and personality to the series. He often slacks off while Andy does all the work and is frequently annoying Andy's father, Mr. Johnson. Rodney once saved Mr. Johnson's life by accidentally landing on him, therefore releasing a cheese log that Mr. Johnson choked on; however, Mr. Johnson still disliked Rodney afterwards. He had a sailor's hat once and was convinced it sold sandwiches; it was actually a twelve-pack (of sailor hats). He apparently cannot write, shown when Rodney is writing a goodbye note, and is actually a bunch of squiggles, vertical and horizontally; when he tries to spell Andy's name, he spells it "Adny". He once received a letter about being a blue-tailed "stump fumbler", to which Rodney replies he "dyed it". He is in love with a yellow female squirrel named Darlene and has a cousin named Eddie, who is a flying squirrel. Rodney usually sleeps in a cardboard box next to Andy's bed. He was a replacement coach for a Little League team called "The Fighting Worms" that used to be coached by Mr. Johnson. He is the leader of The Rod Squad. He has a craving for sticky buns and almost risked his life to get some. He and Andy's favorite cereal is Puffy Pirate Shirt Puffs (a parody of Captain Crunch).
    Voiced by Richard Horvitz.
  • Robert "Bob" Johnson, usually referred to as Mr. J, is Andy's father, who openly dislikes Rodney. He say things such as, "Andy, what did I tell you about pets touching your food?" and then Rodney brings some comic relief (e.g. "It's okay Mr. J. Andy's hands are clean.") and Mr. J. just walks away. He has lost in many competitions, such as cheese-log-eating contests or melon-cart racing. He has a collection of clowns in different moods. In one episode where Rodney enters a Manzio Pet Shampoo contest he says, "We all made mistakes when we were young. That's why paste is edible." He's also shown a good amount of unhappiness about losing his hair. He misses his hair, and grows hair all over his body when Rodney made a hair growth formula, only to have it all fall out. In "Yer Out!" He coached a Little League team called "The Fighting Worms", but they didn't like him. Rodney replaced him, so he started to coach the rival team, "The Worm Crushers". News reporters made an embarrassing report on him when Rodney replaced him. He also raced in the Melon Crate Derby to get revenge on a Scottish boy who, in Bob's point of view, always cheated when he was young (Bob was jealous in reality). He lost his voice while watching a comedy about a cow when he was supposed to give an important speech to the Badger Scouts. He made a dream lawn which Rodney, Andy, Salty Mike, and Kyle destroyed.
    Voiced by Kurtwood Smith.
  • Lucille Johnson is Andy's mother. She has a very cheery, happy-go-lucky personality, and is very mild tempered. She also has a singing talent.
    Voiced by Nancy Sullivan.
  • Kyle Finkster is a rowdy and unattractive boy with a black spiky haircut who likes to bully Andy Johnson, and is Andy and Rodney's arch enemy. Kyle has a pet parrot named Salty Mike. He first appeared in "Scout's Dishonor", where he was in the Badger Scouts. Kyle got Andy and Rodney in trouble. Then Andy got blamed when Kyle should have. Andy and Rodney were glad they would never see him or his pet/friend parrot again but they moved into Andy's neighborhood as part of Kyle's father's Witness Protection Program. Kyle seems to like using hammer or hammer-type things to cause damage to property. It seems that they like to purloin things, for instance in Up All Night, he and Salty Mike were stealing lawn ornaments. In Harried Treasure, they would take all of the treasure from Rodney and Andy. It also seems that Kyle never learns anything from his mistakes. When Kyle's toenails grow too long, they have to be clipped off by Salty Mike. In Yer Out!, he is part of Andy's Little League team "The Fighting Worms" which is coached by Mr. Johnson (later by Rodney). Kyle seems to get easily annoyed and angered, often stating things that make him mad. (e.g. "Fancy British talk makes me mad...")
    He is voiced by Billy West.
  • Salty Mike is Kyle Finkster's pet, a green parrot and arch enemy of Rodney; his wings are clipped, which he is embarrassed about, and as such, cannot fly (although he has been shown capable of flying in at least one episode); unlike normal parrots, he does not repeat what others say and speaks in a thick Spanish accent. He and Rodney tried to help their respective friends (Rodney helped Andy and Salty Mike helped Kyle) do better in the Badger Scouts. Salty Mike entered a Manzio pet shampoo contest and lost because he had feathers instead of hair (he took the Manzio's wig off). In "Island in the Street", he and Rodney got trapped on an island. When Kyle's nails overgrow, Salty Mike has to clip them off.
    Voiced by Carlos Alazraqui.
  • Oscar is Andy's human friend. He first appeared in "Scout's Dishonor" where he was seen in a TV screen camping and apparently couldn't come. In "Andy Had A Little Squirrel" he befriended Rodney and replaced Andy briefly. In the episode "Best of Best Friends" both Rodney and Andy temporarily make Oscar both of their best friend and constantly fought over him due to both getting in a huge fight and for that time were no longer best friends. Oscar also has a little sister Lulu, that likes to hug squirrels very tight. Oscar's parents are very protective of Oscar, often making him wear a helmet and denying him any pet. On the other hand, they seem to not care less about the welfare of Lulu, who often indulges in unsafe and unhygenic activities.
    Voiced by Jason Spisak.
  • Leonopolis "Leon" is Rodney's blue squirrel buddy with a reddish nose who lives in the tree in the Johnson family's backyard. He is more a squirrel who loves the outdoors than an indoor pet and usually tries to find nuts. Leon also enjoys running on telephone wires, playing on busy streets, and being out in the sun all day. Though he is an outdoor animal, he still has a working television in his home with Public-access television cable TV. His tree is continuously in danger of being knocked down, whether by Mr. J putting in the pool or by lightning storm. Nothing will never rattle Leon. When things get out of control, Rodney relies on Leon for help. In Pool for Love, Mr. J. (Mr. Johnson) wanted to cut down Leon's tree for a swimming pool. Leon also likes playing on busy streets, enjoys being in the sun all day, and likes to walk on telephone wires. He is part of the Rod Squad along with Rodney and Darlene. Leon also appears to be adorable. Plus his tree is the only thing he has in his life except for the ninety pounds of hair he saved but he lost in the "Swimming pool" episode. He loves his tree a lot. In the episode "Birthday Boy", Rodney asks Leon if he can have a present for Andy. Rodney turns down the offers because all Leon had was aged trash. As Rodney is leaving Leon says," If you change your mind, you're welcome to come back!". As it appears in the tree, Leon's favorite food is rotten apple cores. Leon's voice has somewhat of a Canadian accent, except his tone is lazier and more high-pitched. Leon appears larger than Rodney, but it is unsure if he weighs more, although this is assumed.
    Voiced by Tom Kenny.
  • Darlene is introduced in "Pool for Love". Darlene wears a polka dot ribbon on her head and yellow fur and a hairdo that looks very much like her own tail. When Rodney fell in love with her, she's Rodney's friend and she likes Rodney. She enjoys swimming, ribbons, sap, sunrise, sunset, other furry animals, cooking, and flowers, especially Daffodils. She is hard to upset or anger, and is calm, gentle, and a sweet personality. Darlene is interested in the paranormal subjects, and uses horoscopes, zodiac signs, and meditation. She also looks partially like "Sandy Cheeks", from the Nicktoon SpongeBob SquarePants. Also, Darlene is terrified of bumper cars, due to a traumatic experience with them.
    Voiced by Monica Lee Gradischek.
  • Martha is the Johnsons' neighbor. She first appeared in "Outta Sight" and was seen clipping hedges that everyone (except Andy) thought was ugly. She is very conceited because she thinks she is better than everyone at everything. She is also known to secretly have a crush on Andy after he said her hedges were nice and after they spent the day together in "Trouble Date".
    Voiced by Eliza Schneider.
  • Esther Flatbottom is a frail old woman with a short fuse who lives across the street from the Johnsons. Many times, she thinks everything is predictable, claiming she "knew" that an event would happen. For instance, in the episode "Screw-Up in Aisle Six," she says that she knew that Rodney would take the last jar of lettuce juice. She usually appears to unfortunately spoil something, like catching Andy and Rodney being framed, or chasing Rodney across the neighborhood. She uses a motorized "Rascal" style scooter that has even appeared with rockets in the back. She makes delicious lemonade, which sends people into a trance with a white background, and rainbows are also accompanied in some way. She first appeared in "Up All Night". In the episode "Flatonbottoms Up", it reveals that she has a sister named Eustace and makes another yet disgusting drink called Garlic Peppermint Punch. Her name was revealed in "Pool for Love".
    Voiced by Mona Marshall.
  • Frag is a bull terrier enemy of Rodney's and the others who is constantly barking for no reason throughout. He is one of the only animal characters that are not anthropomorphic. His owners are a couple that live a mansion-like estate with over thousand secret doors. He has a brother named Murray who is anthropomorphic, unlike his brother, and is also kind, nice and generic. His wife is also anthropomorphic and nice like her brother but goes insane and murderous to anyone who messes with her husband. Murray and his wife are voiced by Billy West.
  • Eddie J. Squirrel, Rodney's cousin, a flying thundersquirrel who cheats and plays dirty on Rodney (whom Eddie refers to as "Groundie") and is admired by people for his flying abilities. He hates hugging due to an experience with him and a rattlesnake. He was also an enemy for a Mafia rat gang for insulting the mute rat-boss and came to Rodney's house to hide from them, and for food as well. The one thing he can't live with out is his special comb which gives him his unique hairstyle. Voiced by Ben Diskin.
  • Barry Finkster, Kyle's father. He has a variety of unique inventions and trinkets to sell from the trunk of his car. His quote that is somewhat memorable is "Who needs bouncing?" He is nice to Andy and Rodney in "Family Crude," but is mean and competitive to Mr. Johnson in "Treehouse Broken." Voiced by Nathan Carlson.
  • Wanda Finkster, Kyle's mother. She is fascinated with fashion, and always bares a toothy smile. Voiced by Nika Futterman.
  • Stan the Exterminator: A diminutive and delusively dimwitted exterminator with a lisp who is after an enormous anthropomorphic Sumatran wall rat (voiced by Richard Horvitz) also known as the Giant talking wall rat of Sumatra. He mistook Rodney (in the episode Wall of the Wild) and Leon (in the series finale I Stan Corrected) for that rat. He looks similar to Kyle Finkster wearing Andy's glasses. Voiced by Fred Willard.
  • Archie the Rabbit is a villainous rabbit who is first seen arriving at the Johnson home to be adopted as a pet, acting innocent and good, causing Rodney to not get any attention, to steal all of the Johnson family's possessions, but is stopped in the end. He is later seen planning to kill Rodney as revenge for his past failure with poor assistance of Salty Mike (who only wanted to do pranks), but is stopped once again- this time by Rodney and Salty Mike working together against him. He has a slightly sinister British accent and a habit of grinning evilly (often with lightning or while evilly laughing, especially when his eyes become soul-piercing) when no one is looking or, on occasion, when his intentions have been revealed. His inner monstrosity is likely similar to the "Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog" from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". Voiced by Charles Shaugnessy.
  • Badger Scoutmaster Dan: Leader of the Badger Scouts who is the superior of Andy Johnson and Kyle Finkster (both Badger Scouts). He has a passion for gardening. Voiced by Billy West.
  • Ranger Stu: A park ranger in a deadpan attitude who mostly appears in documentaries. His catchphrase is "Hello, I'm Ranger Stu!" when informing people a specific message. He does his information films in the park bathrooms disguised as a tree. His voice is a reministinct to Paul Frees. In one episode, he was walking to the park and got hopelessly lost and since then, he's been wandering in the Johnson's home intimidating Johnson to protect the endangered species Rodney, even though he had no idea who Rodney is, and begging for help. He was even lost in the black screen at the end of the episode. His other phrase is "Don't litter" speaking in a commercial friendly voice. Voiced by Corey Burton.
  • Grandpa Squirrel: An old, rambling squirrel who is Rodney's grandfather. He lives in a retirement home tree and tells Andy and Rodney stories whenever they are having trouble, such as trying to cross a rickety bridge or when Rodney has issues with Eddie. Grandpa Squirrel's tales consist of a space adventure and an old western tale. Voiced by John Stephenson.
  • Jack Royal: A stereotypical perfect child who Bob Johnson adores ("Someday that boy's going to be president"). He never has any flaws except in one episode where it reveals that he biked without a helmet. If he ever fails at something, he makes up for it with his witty catchphrase "That's ok. I'm Jack Royal.". Voiced by Tom Kenny.
  • Sludgey Dave: A Quebecois soda jerk who goes around town serving people ice cream and often giving them advice and helping them with their problems as long as they buy his products. He speaks in a heavy Canadian-esque accent. He had an unrevealing past encounter with a being made out of chocolate named the Chocoghost as evidenced when Rodney disguised as a "pretend character" to scare Sludgey Dave in order for Andy to figure out what Martha was up too. His catchphrase is "Bye bye now" when he exits. Voiced by Billy West.
  • Puggo: A magic one-eyed superhero dog mostly shown in Andy's TV who is the favorite superhero of Rodney, Kyle, Salty Mike, Oscar and Andy. It is implied that he has actual psychological powers.
  • Reuben Bulmont: Andy and Rodney's next door neighbor. A thesaurus writer, his career caused him to develop a habit of being redundant with his words and speech patterns similar to Mojo Jojo from The PowerPuff Girls ("Hooray! Yippie! Hazah! Oh Yeah!"). Kyle and Salty Mike used his tree and eventually his house to build their treehouses. After trouble with a bunch of wasps, the house from the treehouse landed on Reuben's house spot making it his new house, much to his excitement. Voiced by Michael Dorn.
  • Butch Bullysquirrel: A bully squirrel with a broken acorn in his mouth that tried to take over Leon's tree-home and the Johnson's home. It is revealed that he is trying to escape from his overprotective mother.

Episodes[edit]

Squirrel Boy series overview
Season Episodes Originally aired Season DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 26 July 14, 2006 (2006-07-14) November 17, 2006 (2006-11-17) September 13, 2011 (2011-09-13) March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13) June 5, 2012 (2012-06-05)
2 26 February 16, 2007 (2007-02-16) September 27, 2007 (2007-09-27) October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02) April 2, 2013 (2013-04-02) July 23, 2013 (2013-07-23)
3 6 January 11, 2008 (2008-01-11) April 10, 2008 (2008-04-10) TBA

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